Expert Speaker Series
Our expert speakers series offers clinicians and interested professionals the opportunity to work with master practitioners. The Institute for Experiential Therapies hosts experts in their field to train and educate in an experiential way. All programs provide continuing education hours for professionals. (NBCC #4488).
David Whyte on “Solace: The Art of Asking the Beautiful Question”
February 22, 2014, 9:30a.m.-4 p.m. in Martin Chapel (EMU Campus)
Join us for a day of creativity and exploration with internationally-recognized poet, David Whyte, on Saturday, February 22, 2014. He will be leading us in contemplating the fruitful discipline of finding and asking the beautiful questions in life. We invite you to attend this training and experience a day of transformative reflection via the depth of poetry and imagination.
Human beings cannot quite believe the depth, drama and even the disappearances involved in even the average human life. Each one of us grows almost against our will into a steadily unfolding story where the horizon gets broader and more mysterious, the understanding of loss and mortality more keen, the sense of time more fleeting and the understanding of our own mistakes and omissions more apparent. In the midst of this deepening we have to make a life that makes sense: There is no other life than the one that involves this constant beckoning, this invitation to the fiercer aspects of existence.
This will be a day spent with David Whyte – through poetry and the insights of poetry – looking at the fruitful discipline of first finding, then asking, ever keener and more beautiful questions; questions that do not produce easy answers but which help us to re-imagine ourselves, our world and our part in it, and most especially, questions which work to reshape our identities, helping us to become larger, more generous, more courageous; equal to the increasingly fierce invitations extended to us as we grow and mature.
The day training provides five contact hours of continuing education (NBCC #4488).
Day Seminar Cost
Until Jan. 15, 2014: $130 – After Jan. 15, 2014: $150
EMU MA in counseling alumni: $80
Current EMU MA in counseling students: $50
On-site registration: $200 (space is limited)
CE hours: $30
Groups of eight or more: 15% discount (must register by phone by Jan. 15 at 540-432-4243)
David Whyte on “Life at the Frontier: The Foundations of Conversational Leadership”
February 22, 2014, 7 p.m. in Lehman Auditorium (EMU campus)
Every person and every organization needs an edge or frontier with the world where a real conversation is possible. This creative conversational edge is difficult to sustain, but an absolute necessity, both for good customer service and for sustaining a vital personal life amidst the continual demands of providing that service. In this talk, David Whyte will explore the essence of conversational leadership, and why it is not an invitation to endless talking but rather a means of identifying the crucial exchanges that move individuals, customer relationships and organizations from immovability and re-activeness to pro-activity and anticipation. With a unique blend of humor, insight and poetry, he illustrates the foundational qualities that allow leadership to be both real and effective.
Evening Seminar Cost
General public: $20
EMU students, faculty and staff: free (registration required)
No CE hours available for evening seminar
About Poet and Speaker David Whyte
Poet David Whyte grew up with a strong, imaginative influence from his Irish mother among the hills and valleys of his father’s Yorkshire. He now makes his home, with his family, in the Pacific Northwest of the United States.
The author of six books of poetry and three books of prose, David Whyte holds a degree in marine zoology and has traveled extensively, including living and working as a naturalist guide in the Galapagos Islands and leading anthropological and natural history expeditions in the Andes, the Amazon and the Himalayas. He brings this wealth of experience to his poetry, lectures and workshops.
His life as a poet has created a readership and listenership in three normally mutually exclusive areas: the literate world of readings that most poets inhabit, the psychological and theological worlds of philosophical enquiry and the world of vocation, work and organizational leadership.
An associate fellow at Templeton College and Said Business School at the University of Oxford, he is one of the few poets to take his perspectives on creativity into the field of organizational development, where he works with many European, American and international companies. In spring of 2008 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Neumann College, Pennsylvania.
In organizational settings, using poetry and thoughtful commentary, he illustrates how we can foster qualities of courage and engagement; qualities needed if we are to respond to today’s call for increased creativity and adaptability in the workplace. He brings a unique and important contribution to our understanding of the nature of individual and organizational change particularly through his unique perspectives on conversational leadership.
More Info About the Seminars with David Whyte
Continuing Education Contact Hours:
This day training provides five contact hours of continuing education (NBCC # 4488). Attendance at the entire workshop is required to receive a certificate. You must indicate you need CEs when registering.
Deadline for enrollment: February 15, 2013. Enroll early – space is limited.
Cancellations received two weeks prior to the workshop will receive a refund less a 50% administrative fee. Absentees do not receive a refund. Emergencies will be considered as needed.
If there should be inclement weather in the days surrounding these trainings please check our website www.emu.edu/counseling for updates and/or cancellation. In the event of an official EMU closing due to weather a full refund will be provided.